Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd May 2007 23:28 UTC
Amiga & AROS ACK Controls, the company behind the newly announced Amiga hardware, has held an IRC session where they answered questions and provided more details concerning the upcoming hardware. According to ACK, the promised hardware will arrive with OS4 despite the legal battle going on between Amiga Inc. and Hyperion. On the high-spec machine (USD 1500), they said: "It's faster than anything Apple ever produced on the PowerPC side of things." Which is interesting, to say the least. The transcript containts many more details, and the Amiga community is discussing the matter as well.
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by Dually on Fri 4th May 2007 05:34 UTC in reply to "Comments..."
Dually
Member since:
2005-07-26

SATA hard drives are more expensive. SATA optical drives are more expensive and there are fewer choices.


SATA prices for both drives and optical are about the same as IDE these days. There is a slight price premium for optical of about $3CDN. ACKCONTROLS did say "It didn't make sense to use IDE. Would add extra chip" I don't know if this would offset the $3 difference for the SATA DVDRW drive

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by Bobthearch on Fri 4th May 2007 06:08 in reply to "RE: Comments..."
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

You're correct about the hard drives - guess I'm not up to date.

Comparing DVD-RW drives on the other hand, the SATA drives are about $10 more for a comparable model. $10 doesn't sound like much (it's less of a difference than I recall from last year's shopping), but it's a 30% premium.

He's probably right though, not enough difference to offset the cost of changing the motherboard. I think many computer hobbiests, including myself, count on re-using existing components when buying a new computer. For example, if I want to add a second or third hard drive, I'll want to use one I already own, not pay for a new one.

That creates an emotional outburst when the new computer won't support our existing stuff. But since these Amiga computers will be ready-built, that whole issue may be moot.

Best Wishes,
-Bob

Edited 2007-05-04 06:09

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by Dually on Fri 4th May 2007 08:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Comments..."
Dually Member since:
2005-07-26

Well its $3 difference from my wholesale list. I was not going by the prices on the internet. I guess alot of shops, both online and local, think they can squeeze a bit more profit out of joe public because its a sata drive.

From my list: (And this is not bulk orders)
PIONEER 112D 18X IDE DVD-/+ RW DUAL LAYER BLACK (OEM) $35.99
PIONEER 212D 18X SATA DVD-/+ RW DUAL LAYER (OEM) $38.99

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